It only took a minute for members of Eleanor Roberts family to take a saddle stand into the Sunnyside chapel at Valley Hills Funeral Home Saturday afternoon, which they planned to use at their mother's funeral service.
It took even less time for some heartless thieves to walk off with a family saddle, causing more grief for the family already suffering the loss of their mother.
The saddle was to have been used as part of the service for the Lower Valley woman's funeral services held today (Monday).
The theft took less than five minutes, according to Shirley Martin of Valley Hills Funeral Home.
"But the damage that was done to the family could very well last a lifetime," Martin said,
The saddle had been a gift to Roberts' daughter from her father, who died in the early 1990s.
"She sought to use the saddle in honor of her mother," Martin explained.
"We are offering a reward for the saddle's safe return," she said. "We not rewarding the persons who stole it," she said.
"You stole something precious from someone who was already hurting badly. We want to bring a smile back to the face of the daughter who is already hurting," Martin said.
Persons with information about the location of the saddle are urged to call the funeral home at 839-5500 .
"Let us know where we can pick it up, no questions asked," Martin said.